Following a response from the Sunderland Heritage forum, local history organization Farnton.org has placed an order for Farringdon’s first heritage blue plaque which upon manufacturing is set to go on Anthony Road, as well as confirming a venue it will be installed on.
The plaque, commemorating the historical legacy of the former Farringdon (Farnton) Hall, has been scripted to read:
“A Monastic Grange of Hexham Priory in the Middle Ages, the Historic Farringdon Hall estate occupied this site for nearly 700 years.”
The plaque will be the 75th or so to be created in Sunderland, following a spree of installments from the highly motivated and well organized Southwick Village Green Preservation Society. The majority of the city’s plaques nonetheless are located in the area’s Old East End, where they were funded as a part of the the “Old Sunderland Heritage Trail”.
Farringdon’s inaugural heritage plaque will neighbour ones in nearby Silksworth and Herrington, laying the foundations for the estate to pitch itself as an alternative to the East End dominated focus of Wearside’s story. It marks the latest achievement in Farnton.org’s campaign to transform the perception of the suburb through its research, which has included the creation of its website, active social media work, the extensive re-writing of its Wikipedia page based on its findings and lobbying of local councillors.